The Hottest Tax Idea in Washington Right Now Would Cost Average Families $1,000 a Year

1/31/2017 - Associate Professor of Economics Katheryn Russ in the Washington Post.

The GOP plan to reform corporate taxes — which the Trump administration last week claimed could make Mexico pay for President Trump's border wall — would effectively charge companies 20 percent on their imports. To consumers, it would feel a lot like a hefty new sales tax on foreign-made products. And, like any sales tax, it would put the most strain on the poorest households.

Families at the bottom of the income ladder could pay 5 to 8 percent of their incomes as a result of increased prices from the Republican proposal, according to new calculations from Katheryn Russ, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. Middle-class families would pay between $700 to $1,000 a year, or about 1.3 to 2 percent of their incomes.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.